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Sasebo Naval Base, Japan | September 2, 2011
Defense Department schools have implemented a comprehensive system-wide attendance policy in line with most public schools across the U.S. school officials announced Thursday.
The new policy, which takes effect immediately, mandates that students be in class for 180 instructional days. Absences can be excused for medical reasons, deaths in the family and unique family circumstances, the policy states.
A monitoring plan will be instituted for students with pre-approved excused absences that are deemed excessive by school officials and interventions performed to ensure students remain caught up with their work, Department of Defense Education Activity officials said. Read rest of article.